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What's on the November 7 Ballot?
Voters will decide on the following:
- (1) Two Year Commissioner Seat
- (3) Four Year Commissioner Seat
- (2) Charter Proposals
About the Proposals
Charter Proposal 1: Proposal to Remove Obsolete and Superseded Charter Provisions in Chapters Three and Four of The Royal Oak City Charter
While the city’s charter was amended by the voters in November 2011 to adjust the date and time that city commissioners would start and end their terms in office from the ‘first Monday in December’ to the ‘third Monday in November,’ the current charter still contains references to the older ‘first Monday in December’ date. Proposal 1, if adopted, would remove obsolete references to the ‘first Monday in December.’
Charter Proposal 2: Proposal to Remove Charter Provisions in Chapter Fourteen, Section 11 of the Royal Oak City Charter
The current charter stipulates that no public improvement costing more than $1,000 can begin unless drawings, profiles and estimates are submitted to the city commission
It is a longstanding goal of the charter review committee to amend or eliminate language in the charter with fixed dollar amounts that through the passage of time and the rate of inflation will become obsolete. For example, $1,000 in 1921 would be more than $14,000 in today’s dollars.
Today’s procedures require that physical plans for public improvements are not prepared until after money is allocated in the budget by the city commission and based on engineering estimates. There are also charter provisions that safeguard, control, and regulate how money is
allocated and spent.
Proposal 2, if adopted, would eliminate obsolete language from the charter while continuing oversight of public improvement dollars.
The charter proposal language on the ballot will appear as follows:
PROPOSAL TO REMOVE OBSOLETE AND SUPERSEDED CHARTER PROVISIONS IN CHAPTERS THREE AND FOUR OF THE ROYAL OAK CITY CHARTER
At the general city election in November 2011 voters adopted amendments to the Charter at Chapter Three, Section 4, adjusting the date and time commissioners and the mayor would start and end their terms of office from the first Monday in December to the third Monday in November in the year of their election. This proposal, if adopted, would remove obsolete and superseded references from Chapter Three, Sections 3, 4, 5 and 9 and Chapter Four, Section 21 that still refer to the rescinded term of office that started on the First Monday in December.
Shall the proposal be adopted?
PROPOSAL TO REMOVE CHARTER PROVISIONS IN CHAPTER FOURTEEN, SECTION 11 OF THE ROYAL OAK CITY CHARTER
Chapter Fourteen, Section 11, requires that any public improvement costing more than $1,000 can only be approved after drawings, profiles, and estimates are submitted to the commission. The limitation of $1,000 was set by the Charter adopted in 1921. The proposal, if adopted, would eliminate this section and allow the city commission to set the limitation.
Shall the proposal be adopted?